Bloggers and online media practitioners in Plateau State have been charged to build credible brands with strategic long term plans while reporting facts that will further grow the state and country at large.
This was the message as the Plateau Information Communication Technology Development Agency PICTDA engaged the Plateau bloggers and online media association for a two-day capacity building and strategic communications training.
Training consultants, Devrock communications handled the resource in training over 20 active bloggers drawn across Plateau state, held on the 2nd February 2021 at Stephans hotel hall, Jos.
The training was declared opened by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Hon Dan Manjang, Commissioner for Science and Technology, Hon. Gyang Dung Musa, Director of Press and Public Affairs Government House, Dr Makut Macham as well as the General Manager of Plateau Radio Television Cooperation, Mr Jefta Jackden who all took turns to encourage the bloggers on being professional and factual while appreciating the contributions of bloggers in the media space. Also charging online reporters to be civil, responsible and more concerned with communication for development.
Host, Director-General PICTDA, Mr David Daser said “As stakeholders on the new media, the bloggers are vital in information dissemination on the virtual media space that is battling with information overload, adding to their knowledge of digital skills is vital in developmental communication in this digital age”
The challenges of fake news, misinformation, and inciting reportage can only be reduced minimally when all practitioners in the online media space heed to the professional ethics of journalism that is geared towards objectivity, balance and credibility.
The training rounded off with certificates being presented to participants as the Chairman of the Plateau bloggers and online media Association, Mr Friday Bako said he was appreciative of the fact that the agency has recognized the need to train bloggers on digital skills to upgrade their reportage in tune with internationally acclaimed best practices.